California governor vows to tighten gun laws after Supreme Court ruling

California Governor and Attorney General vowed to take new gun control measures after the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the ability of states to impose restrictions on concealed carry permits. They said the new bills would help “keep Californians safe.”

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that Americans have the right to carry a gun in public, overturning a law in New York that limits who can carry guns outside the home. The state was one of the few that required a person to prove why they needed protection outside the home in order to get a license, and the ruling is likely to make it easier to carry guns in some of the country’s major cities.

The decision, which was joined by six members of the court’s conservative bloc, would effectively force five other states – California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey – to also rewrite their gun laws.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was quick to criticize the decision, saying it was a “radical decision” that he would fight, expressing opposition to those “coddling the arms industry.” The Governor promised that the state will pass 16 new gun safety bills next week, including legislation that would allow people to sue gun manufacturers and sellers for violating gun laws.

“Even though this reckless decision erases decades of sound gun safety law, California foresaw this moment,” Newsom said in a statement Thursday. “But make no mistake: this is a radical decision. Today’s court believes that gun laws should be frozen in time, and if such a law did not exist in the 1700s or 1800s, then the state cannot pass it now, no matter how important it is to protect people from the modern horror of violence with use of firearms.”

State Attorney General Rob Bonta said he remains committed to protecting citizens, noting that state law still requires Californians to be licensed before carrying a loaded firearm in public.

“In the wake of the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalda, and with a record high death rate from firearms, ensuring that dangerous individuals are not allowed to carry concealed firearms is more important than ever,” Bonta said. “The data is clear and the implications are dire – more weapons in more places makes us less safe.”

Bonta acknowledged that the state’s requirement that gun owners provide a “good reason” to obtain a gun permit would likely become void after the court’s decision.

Newsom has already promised accelerate the adoption of new gun control laws after the last wave of massacres. Some pieces of legislation contain urgency provisions. These bills must be passed by a two-thirds majority in each house of the state legislature. immediately become law signed by the governor, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Supreme Court’s decision came just weeks after the devastating mass shootings at a market in Buffalo, New York, and an elementary school in Uwalde, Texas. These massacres revived talk of an epidemic of gun violence in America.

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan package aimed at curbing gun violence, the most significant gun safety bill in three decades. While it doesn’t include the broader restrictions that gun control advocates are aiming for, such as a ban on assault weapons or an increase in the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles, it represents fierce negotiations on both sides of the aisle. billwhich is expected to be passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, includes modest restrictions on obtaining firearms, and increases funding for mental health care and school safety.


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